Real Madrid make their comeback in their impressive arena this Sunday against Celta. And the fans are thrilled.
A year and a half. Since this match against Celta on March 1, 2020, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and company have not turned back the lawn of their stadium. First of all because of the temporary cessation of football in Spain because of the covid, then, because the Merengues leaders decided that the first team would play its matches in Valdebebas, on the lawn of the Stade di Stefano. Throughout the end of the 2019/2020 season and the entire 2020/2021 fiscal year, Zinedine Zidane’s troops therefore played in the venue that normally hosts the matches of Castilla, team B. A decision that has made it possible to facilitate and considerably advance the renovation works of the Santiago Bernabéu. Playing at the training center was also a cheaper option than mobilizing a Bernabéu that would have been empty anyway.
And now that the public are back at the stadium in Spain, with still some limitations though, they will also be back at the Bernabéu! Sunday evening facing Celta, the prestigious stadium located in the heart of Castellana will open its doors again, a year and a half later. 22,000 spectators are expected; a fairly low figure given the more than 80,000 people that can accommodate the stadium, but which is explained both by the restrictive measures – 40% of the capacity – and because of the stands still under construction which prevent supporters from be able to maintain the safety distance. Because the lucky ones who will return to their favorite stadium must expect a real construction site, put on hold from Thursday until Monday morning.
The work is not finished
⌛📸 Dos meses de diferencia 😳 y como si no hubiera ocurrido nada. ℹ️ https://t.co/7cBGYDQiPN pic.twitter.com/3EvTbecs7Q
– nuevobernabeu (@nuevobernabeu) September 9, 2021
Indeed, everything is still under construction despite the intense efforts made during the summer. Fans will see it as soon as they arrive in the vicinity of the stadium, with the many cranes that sit on top of the roof. If the lawn should be more or less practicable, and this is in any case what Real Madrid hope, the stands should probably be covered in order to hide the work being done there. A colossal project which had also started in 2019, while the supporters were still going, and which should end at the end of 2022.
As a reminder, this work involves more than 800 workers and once completed, the Bernabéu will have a shopping center, a retractable roof, a jumbotron, easier access and everything will be digitized to facilitate the fan experience supporters. Without counting on a whole series of works aiming at completely renovating the facade or the stands. The total cost of the works is estimated at 525 million euros. Suffice to say that within a year, it will be impressive from the inside but also from the outside. And there is no doubt that Florentino Pérez intends to afford some world stars to inaugurate his brand new playground …
– Real Madrid CF (@realmadrid) September 12, 2021